KRL take big leap towards PPL crown

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 [The News]

KARACHI: Khan Research Laboratories (KRL) took a step forward towards what would be their second title when they snatched a 1-0 victory over struggling Navy while Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) outclassed Muslim FC 2-0 to leapfrog to the second place in matches of the 8th Pakistan Premier Football League held at different venues of the country on Tuesday.

At the Municipal Stadium in Rawalpindi, skipper Samar Ishaq scored the lone goal just after the breather to guide the undefeated KRL to their 15th victory from 17 games.

“We managed a win but overall it was a cool game. In the whole match just a single chance was produced and was converted,” KRL assistant coach Sajjad Mehmood told ‘The News’.

The loss left Navy reeling at ten points from 16 matches.

Meanwhile, at the Sadiq Shaheed Stadium in Quetta, KESC proved too tough for Muslim FC who have been able to pull off a host of upsets in the season so far.

KESC went ahead through Mohammad in the 16th minute. However, in the 30th minute Mohammad was sent off by referee Shafaat Habib for double booking. He was shown the first yellow card in the 16th and the other in the 30th minute. After the breather, tough fight was witnessed but it was KESC who added to their tally when captain Mohammad Essa scored a fine field goal four minutes from full time. The victory helped KESC elevate to the second spot with 40 points from 21 appearances while Muslim FC have 39 from 20.

In the other match at the same venue, bottom-placed Pak Elektron Limited (PEL) surprised Habib Bank Limited (HBL) with a goalless draw that took their points to seven from 19 meetings while the bankers have 34 from 22.

With this the Quetta round for Karachi-based teams also came to an end and from Wednesday (today) the local five outfits of Balochistan will start facing each other before proceeding to Punjab where they will have to pass through the vital and decisive phase during which they will face PAF, KRL, Navy and Army in Rawalpindi and PMC Athletico and WAPDA in Faisalabad.

Today’s fixture: Police v PEL (Sadiq Shaheed Stadium, Quetta).